Monthly Archives: January 2016

Jan 15

Housing Market Is Healthier Than Ever

By Antoinette Johnson | Uncategorized

There has been an increase in both average and median home prices, according to the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR), for the second month in a row. Smaller counties like Allegany and Wicomico saw large increases of 34.2 and 24.6 percent respectively. Average prices rose by 1.4 percent and median prices by 2.4 percent as compared to December 2014 statistics. MAR President Bonnie Casper said, “2015 ended on a high note”. Casper went on to say that, “in addition to a 12.3 percent increase in home sales in December, there is also a healthy incase in pending units, which indicates an active first quarter. We can reasonably expect a stable and lively market in 2016.” Maryland monthly housing statistics are compiled by data as reported by MRIS and the Coastal Association of REALTORS®. For the purpose of this report, “units” are defined as the closed sales and “pending units” are properties under contract. Months of inventory are based on the current inventory and monthly sales for the corresponding month. This article was compiled by gathering information from a similar article written by Melissa Lutz (MAR).

Jan 08

My 2015

By Antoinette Johnson | Uncategorized

Reflection can be defined as a thought occurring in consideration or meditation. I want to wish Happy New Year to all of you and I hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday. As I was writing this post I began to reflect like most of us to during the beginning of a new year on the year that has past. It seems to me that no matter how much you plan for the year ahead life will always throw a few surprises in there just to make sure you’re on your toes. I would like to share a few of those surprises with you and some of the lessons I learned in 2015. My hope is that I can learn from them and continue to evolve positively in 2016 and maybe you all can take what I have learned and incorporate it in your daily lives as well. A few days before the new year I was going over all of my transactions for 2015 with my husband and business partner and I realized that referrals were 80% of my business. First, I would like to say thank you to all of you who allowed me to share your home buying, selling, or renting experience with you! I really and truly appreciate all of you. Second, I learned that who you communicate and interact with on a daily basis is a huge part of life. We all hear growing up “do unto others as you would have done unto you” I see that being in a service-oriented field, that old adage is doubly important. There have been great changes in the agency this year: I hired 5 new agents, 3 new full-time employees, we had a number of Homebuyer Workshops, developed new professional relationships as well, and I learned a number of things from the growth of my team. I learned that leading by example is extremely important as well as one-on-one communication with my agents and employees. On a personal note, both of my adult children moved out of the house this year which was definitely an adjustment for me as well as them. I say all of this to encourage you all to look back on 2015; the good and the bad and take all the lessons you might have learned or overlooked and apply them to this year. I look forward to growing with you all this year and taking you along on my journey.